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By Judith Snodgrass

Jap Buddhism was once brought to a large Western viewers whilst a delegation of Buddhist clergymen attended the World's Parliament of Religions, a part of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In describing and interpreting this occasion, Judith Snodgrass demanding situations the most important view of Orientalism as a one-way strategy during which Asian cultures are understood strictly via Western rules. Restoring organization to the Buddhists themselves, she exhibits how they helped reformulate Buddhism as a contemporary international faith with particular attract the West whereas concurrently reclaiming authority for the culture inside of a quickly altering Japan.

Snodgrass explains how the Buddhism awarded in Chicago used to be formed through the institutional, social, and political imperatives of the Meiji Buddhist revival stream in Japan and was once extra made up our minds by way of the Parliament itself, which, regardless of its rhetoric of fostering common brotherhood and foreign goodwill, was once completely permeated with self belief within the superiority of yankee Protestantism. also, within the context of Japan's in depth diplomatic crusade to renegotiate its treaties with Western international locations, the character of eastern faith was once now not easily a non secular factor, Snodgrass argues, yet an essential component of Japan's bid for reputation via the foreign community.

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